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App processor from Freescale packs power-efficient ARM core

05 Nov 2015

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Mouser Electronics Inc. has announced that it is stocking the i.MX 6UltraLite applications processors from Freescale Semiconductor. The application processors promise to deliver maximum performance in low-power, space-constrained embedded environments.

Supported by discrete component power circuitry, the i.MX 6UltraLite processors feature an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 core that operates at speeds up to 528MHz, an integrated power management unit, multiple memory interfaces, a space-saving BGA package, and a range of other communication interfaces for connecting peripherals such as WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, displays and camera sensors, the company indicated.

i.MX 6UltraLite

The Freescale i.MX 6UltraLite applications processors are based on an advanced power management architecture featuring multiple energy saving modes, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling and flexible power gating in low power modes through an integrated power switch. The core, combined with its hardware tamper detection and an integrated on-the-fly DRAM encryption/decryption engine, makes the i.MX 6UltraLite one of the most secure ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessor solutions available, Freescale stated.

The applications processors support a multitude of memory interfaces, including 16bit LPDDR2, DDR3, DDR3L, raw and managed NAND flash, NOR flash, eMMC and Quad SPI. Additional communication interfaces on-chip include two high-speed USB On-The-Go with PHY ports, two 12bit ADCs with up to 10 total input channels, two CAN ports, two smart card interfaces compatible with EMV Standard v4.3, and a variety of other interfaces (such as UART, I2C, and I2S serial audio). The family also provides a healthy set of security features such as secure boot, hardware cryptographic cipher engines and random number generators, which enable hardware-verified peripheral and memory access requests for secure isolation and prevention of infected system resources.

i.MX 6UltraLite block diagram

The i.MX 6UltraLite family targets automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, and smart energy applications and markets where security, cost, sleek form factors and optimised power efficiency are vital. The family provides multiple compatible and scalable package options, and is supported by an evaluation kit (841-MCIMX6UL-EVK) also available from Mouser.


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